Virgin Galactic-Did Branson Do Into Outer Space?
by Dr. Jonathan Doyle - Updated July 19, 2021
Sir Richard Branson, after nearly 17 years of Virgin Galactic development, achieved his dream and reached space on Sunday. “I have dreamt of this moment since I was a kid, and honestly nothing could prepare you for the view of Earth from space,” Branson said after landing.
The Door to Space Tourism Is Open
Branson's flight opens the door to space tourism for the common man, a milestone for the industry of commercial aerospace. Like other billionaires, Sir Branson had been dreaming of space tourism, setting the bar with a rather simple flight out of Earth's atmosphere. By setting this precedent, Branson has brought space tourism one step closer to becoming a viable business. Currently, a little over 600 people have booked a ticket, ranging anywhere from $200,000-250,000 each. As individuals such as Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos, and even Elon Musk, continue to jet off to space, the purchase of tickets by average citizens will no doubt continue to surge. If you find yourself the lucky owner of one of these tickets, you may be wondering, what should I take on my trip to outer space?
What Would You Pack For a Trip to Outer Space?
Personal Solar Power Kit
Elton John said it's lonely in space, so you may want to bring a few forms of entertainment. These devices may be worthless without a way to power them, though. For this reason, you may want to take advantage of a solar power kit, and worry less over killing your phone battery. It may sound strange to take a solar power kit to space, when in reality it will charge up faster in space. How is this possible?
The sun's rays are weakened by the Earth's atmosphere, and further decreased by various changes in season. Essentially, the sun won't set on your boredom out in space. Up to 99% of the time spent in orbit, a solar power kit will receive more than enough charging rays – nearly 6x stronger than those experienced on Earth. If you are hoping to enjoy some solo time playing on a Nintendo Switch, or have a few apps to dominate on a Kindle Fire, a solar power kit is the answer to your problems in space.
Food and Water
Depending on the length of your trip, and weight permitted aboard your flight, food and water could be the necessity you need to make it a comfortable one. Originally, space shuttles struggled to provide an appropriate amount of water to astronauts. To solve the issue, the United States created Reverse Osmosis membranes in order to recycle urine into drinkable water. Each membrane is only 0.0001 microns, which means the majority of bacteria, organic and inorganic substances, sediment, heavy metals, microorganisms, and more, are incapable of penetrating the membrane. When these contaminants are separated from water, the resulting pure water may be consumed by human beings.
A Waterdrop RO Drinking Water Filtration System features various integrated filtration materials through the use of a 5-in-1 filter. By demanding less space, Waterdrop's filter also achieves optimal filtration capabilities, thereby reducing TDS, heavy metals, chlorine, pesticides, and much more. Users will further appreciate less maintenance, thanks to an automatic flush (within 1 hour of zero operation), ensuring the filter remains in a pure state at all times. Additionally, this serves to supports the filter's overall lifespan, while also providing consumers with high quality water filtration.
Portable Water Filter
According to the national aeronautics and space administration (NASA), a new study has found water on Mars could not exist in liquid form on the surface. This is because the atmosphere of Mars is very thin, and the sea level pressure is less than 1% of the earth under low pressure. The liquid water will soon evaporate clean and water ice will be sublimated into the air. As a result, the surface water cannot exist. But the Phoenix Lander scraped out the ice, finding underground water performing in solid form. Who knows if you can find water source next time when an astronaut goes outer space. We don’t know if it’s drinkable. However, all the ice deserves a drink, so bring a portable filter and have a try if you dare.
A Space Ship
A spaceship comes in different forms these days-it may be a large space vehicle or something as small as a suit that fits around your body. Either way, you need something that allows you to move freely when in outer space-a spaceship. The longest humans can survive in the vacuum of space with no protective shell Is 15 seconds. Perhaps, a longer duration is possible, but chances are such individuals will be knocked out by a fatal solar radiation dose.
Most modern spaceships are built to reuse most of the wastewater their occupants generated. For example, the International Space Station recycles up to 93% of used water. In the end, occupants can access clean water (or oxygen) made from their wastewater. The spaceships also expel flammable waste gases, including methane and hydrogen, into space.
Your Favorite Camera
This convenient gadget is great when you want to capture a moment to live in infamy. When you receive an opportunity as amazing as a trip into space, you wouldn't want to leave your camera at home. There are so many sizes, styles, designs, and even colors available, you can find one to fit your needs with ease. An action camera, such as a GoPro, will serve as a great in between camera, perfect for capturing photos, as well as video, for when you want to create something memorable.
The vapor compression distillation technology plays a huge role in providing drinking water for astronauts in space. It treats the urine from astronauts to transform them into safe, drinkable water. the multi-stage process is crucial to survival in space, and helps keep the operating costs of the space station down. Reverse osmosis is another filtration solution more people are adopting to enjoy clean and safe household water.
Technology is a major driving force of most changes and improvements in human life. Again, with technology, there is no limit to what is achievable.